affordable housing

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly Alameda headline review. Here’s what happened on the Island this week.

The Planning Board considered approvals for a 31-unit apartment building for low-income seniors proposed to be built as part of the Del Monte warehouse development.

The Planning Board will consider approvals tonight for a 31-unit apartment building for low-income seniors proposed to be built as part of the Del Monte warehouse development.

The board will consider approving the development plan and design for a three-story apartment building on the corner of Buena Vista Avenue and Sherman Street, adjacent to the Del Monte warehouse. The board will also consider a recommendation to the City Council to give the Alameda Housing Authority a nearly half-acre parcel the city owns there to build on; the rest of the land needed for the project will be provided by developer Tim Lewis Communities.

With a pair of agenda items going before the Planning Board on Monday, the city’s staff is attempting a grand bargain of sorts that would allow the far West End of the Island to begin its transformation into something other than a shuttered military base.

This bargain must not only prove acceptable in a political climate driven by residents’ concerns about how long it takes them to get through the Posey Tube in the morning, it also needs to stay in compliance with 30-plus years of federal, state and local laws and agreements that govern housing development in Alameda.

Housing advocates are asking the city to consider new rules that could control the rise of rents.